Well, I guess my name would more appropriately be..."Amish-wanna-be".
I live in Holmes County's Amish country in Ohio, and am trying to adapt my lifestyle to be a little closer to the Amish than to everyone else. We just bought 11 acres and are going to start doing some large scale gardening and small scale farming. The stove that we're getting is made by D.S. Machine. Never heard of them, but its what the Amish are heating their homes with in this area. The unit requires no electricity to operate (hopper fed, but no auger, no blower, etc.). Unit will be in the basement in the center of the house and will gravity flow through a 24"X30" grate that is hooded directly above the stove. Cold-air returns are on the perimeter of the house for return air to the basement.
Just found a local source of Blaschak coal and have 10 tons on the way. Price for nut is currently $205/ton delivered for bulk and $237/ton bagged.
Anybody know anything about D.S. Machine? P.S. if anyone sees der Bishop, don't tell him I'm using der computer...OK?